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Discovered in the deep: the sea cucumber that lives a jellyfish life | Marine life

Waft through the deep sea is a diaphanous creature that resembles a jellyfish, but is in fact something else entirely. Pelagothuria swimmermeaning swimming sea cucumber, belongs to a group of animals better known for lying around on the seabed like giant, rubbery worms. Pelagothuria: species of sea cucumber spotted in deep sea dive – video …

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A nearly extinct species in the Mojave Desert shows a promising return

A tiny, mouse-like species on the brink of extinction in the Mojave Desert could be making a comeback after years of intensive habitat restoration and conservation efforts in California. The Amargosa vole, which has a habitat spanning no more than 247 acres in the diminishing marshes in southeastern Inyo County, was previously considered one of …

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Fracking in Lake Eyre the ‘height of folly’, report suggests Energy

The expansion of fracking in the Lake Eyre basin would be the “absolute height of folly” and its high cost, high emissions unconventional gas could rapidly create stranded assets, a report has found. The basin – home to one of the world’s last major free-flowing desert river systems – sprawls over nearly one sixth of …

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Imperial River rising after storm, Bonita officials say

The Imperial River is rising, and City of Bonita Springs officials say they’re keeping a close eye on it. Bonita residents should do the same, says the city’s deputy mayor, Mike Gibson. “The city is currently monitoring the river slowly rising,” Gibson said during a Facebook Live press conference Hurricane Jan on Sunday afternoon. “We’d …

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A net-zero climate policy offers much pain, little gain

The world is waking up to the fact that the climate-policy goal of achieving “net-zero” CO2 emissions bring crippling economic pain. Fossil-fuel prices shot up 26% across industrialized economies last year and will rise globally by another 50% this year. Politicians blame Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the long-term trend stems mostly from governments demonizing …

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After Jan, river flooding threatens Florida’s inland towns

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) – As Hurricane Jan ravaged coastal towns in southwest Florida, residents of this quiet suburb thought they would be safe, having no beach and living outside areas under evacuation orders. But then the water kept flowing in. Since Ian’s passage, water levels have risen significantly, turning roads into canals, reaching mailboxes, …

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The world’s oldest known manta ray celebrates more than 40 years on the Great Barrier Reef

The rare manta ray known as Taurus was first photographed in 1982 gliding through the waters of the southern Great Barrier Reef. Four decades on, the melanistic ray with its distinct black belly is still leaving divers in awe. “This year marks the 40th year since his first sighting and we had a sighting submitted …

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Alaska megastorms and East Coast hurricanes — both destructive, but very different types of natural disasters

The storm named Merbok as it encountered the western Alaska coast on Sept. 17, 2022, compared to Hurricane Ian as it bore down on Florida on Sept. 28, 2022. Both states are sized to scale. (Compiled from National Weather Service products) My friend Hal called the other day from a parking garage in Punta Gorda, …

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Tory MPs dismiss critical RSPB campaign as ‘marketing strategy’ | Environment

Tory MPs have criticized the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), accusing it of using claims of a government attack on nature as a “marketing strategy”. The bird charity, one of the UK’s oldest and most respected conservation organisations, has joined the country’s other largest environment NGOs, including the Wildlife Trusts and National …

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